WOW! This is not from our school board meeting, but it’s breaking news – Ripple, a company that uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to make international payments faster, lower cost, and more reliable, has donated $29 million to DonorsChoice.org to fund every single one of the more than 35,000 classroom projects posted! Thank you, Ripple, for helping over a million students around the country!
Resolution Supporting School Safety
Resolution Opposing HB 512 (Consolidating the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement)
Increase learning by taking notes by hand
Here are the highlights from the 3/15/18 school board meeting: Continue reading
How often do you write these days? I type almost everything, to the point where my handwriting (which was never exceptional) has gotten noticeably worse.
Yet while typing may be convenience (and necessary) in the business world, is it the best course for students who are working to learn and retain information? Perhaps not, according to a study published in Psychological Science. Continue reading
I was intrigued by this article in Education Week titled, “Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think.” Wow, I thought – I agree with that, 100%. Continue reading
Do awards lower student motivation levels?
The last month of summer was another quiet one for the Milford school district. Here are the highlights: Continue reading
This past year, the staff of a 7th-9th grade school in British Columbia decided unanimously to eliminate all student awards, based on research and experience that shows that awards eliminate students’ intrinsic motivation. Continue reading
Seminar approach engages students
This summer has been fairly uneventful for Milford Schools, but the board did receive great financial news from our Treasurer this month! In fact, our year-end budget status is really the only notable news from this month’s board meeting. The district closed the 2016-2017 fiscal year 3% under budget (a little over $2 million in savings), and with income up appr. $1 million vs. projections (due to a number of factors, including increased real estate collections and income from commercial investments). Continue reading
Exclusive private school Phillips Exeter has used the Harkness approach to learning since 1930. This is a synergistic approach to problem solving and learning where teachers serve more as coaches or moderators, allowing students to explore subjects through discussion and collaboration.
This recent article discussed how Exeter was sharing the approach in San Diego recently, and asked the question: Can this approach be used in public schools with larger classes? Continue reading